Celtic manager Neil Lennon has moved to squash any Scott Sinclair rumours regarding the player’s future.
Sinclair made his first appearance for the club since his cameo in the 5-2 win over Motherwell last month. It was also just his fourth outing of the season, but he put a bit of gloss on it with a goal in the 5-0 rout over Partick Thistle.
Lenny decided to make eight changes to the starting line-up to try and freshen things up. He did exactly that, and Sinclair, with plenty of negative rumours about his future swirling, looked delighted to be back on the scoresheet.
Lennon dismissed any negative rumours on Sinclair when speaking to Celtic TV. Instead, he talked up the hard work the Englishman has been carrying out.
“Brilliant for Scotty. People have been throwing out rumours about his position but they’re totally untrue. He’s working very hard and you can see he’s getting the rewards for that.
“He done what he does best. He comes on and gets his goal.”
Will we see a Sinclair revival?
It’s important we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves of course. It was only one goal, and it was only one rebounded goal too. But it will hopefully kickstart Sinclair’s season after a dreadful first couple of months.
But as it stands, the left-mid back-up position appears to be up for grabs. Both Lewis Morgan and Mohamed Elyounoussi again failed to impress against Partick. With Sinclair coming out looking good with his goal, it will be interesting to see what this does for his position in the squad.
There can be no denying that, when fit, Mikey Johnston must take the spot. He’s the best left-winger we have at the club, and has had the best start to the season. But there’s still room for Sinclair to make his mark as back-up.
Sinclair remains an extremely popular figure amongst supporters. He was the top goalscorer throughout the Treble-Treble run, and was extremely effective with some big-game goals last season.
What that goal yesterday does is fire him into a positive spotlight. It’s something he’s needed to do for some time, and now has that positive press he was after.
Now, it’s about kicking on. Easter Road vs Hibs is next on the agenda, and if Sinclair can even make the matchday squad, that’ll be an improvement on his previous squad status.